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7 Reasons Your Company Should Be Using E-Learning

Diving into e-learning does not have to be a scary plunge. Many platforms offer free trials that will allow you to get a sense of whether or not the model offered would benefit your employees or not

Onlining learning programs have been on the rise for the past decade. This sudden access to quality information can serve as a great tool for companies who want to conduct training seminars or offer courses for employee enrichment. From formal training seminars that offer credits that can be transferred to universities to courses that allow users to focus on a specific skill set, e-learning platforms have it all. If your company has not gotten on the e-learning bandwagon, you could be missing out. 

1. Save your Business Time 

In any successful business, the age old notion of time is money rings true no matter how innovative business practices become. E-Learning platforms are one of the best ways to cut down on wasted time for both your company and your employees. From drive time to transition time in the class, minutes that slip away can easily add up to time that could otherwise be spent on productivity or free time for employees. E-Learning provides the perfect opportunity for time to be spent well because users will simply need to log on and can do so from the comfort of their own office of home. Not only does this saved time benefit the company, but it can benefit employees in knowing that their time is valued and not wasted. 

2. E-Learning is Cost Effective

The boom in e-Learning platforms has created a demand with lots of competition. For consumers, this is good news as prices for e-Learning have never been better. When compared to traditional methods of education, these e-learning platforms are incredibly affordable, often a fraction of the cost of a course offered at a traditional learning institute. Popular e-learning platform Udemy offers a vast collection of courses with the most expensive running up to $199.99. Even with the highest priced course, there are always discount codes and coupons that you can take advantage of to help lower the price. Companies that put on training courses can look forward to cutting prices on room rentals, supplies, travel expenses, hiring trainers, meals, and anything else that might cost them money. 

3. Training Can Happen Anywhere

Gone is the need to make training happen in a designated location at a designated time. With e-learning platforms, your employees can gain the skills they need from anywhere whether it be at work or at home. If you operate a remote company then the appeal is undeniable. This access to education without the restriction of being in a specific location is also appealing because e-learning offers the opportunity to connect users to quality trainers and educators. EdX.com is one example of a learning platform that connects users to courses produced by respected names including Harvard and MIT.

4. Employees Can Work at Their Own Pace

One of the best parts of e-learning is the fact that users can move at their own pace when exploring a skill or concept. For individuals who don’t understand the content being presented, they can review the material as much as they want without disrupting the learning process of others. If an individual is interrupted during a session, they can easily pause their learning and come back at a time that is most convenient for them. By being able to work at their own pace, users won’t feel the need to hurry or keep up that would otherwise impact their learning. 

5. E-learning Works

Many e-learning platforms offer certifications of completion once a course is finished. In order for a user to receive this certification, they usually need to display their understanding at the end of the course through a test, project, or activity. Traditional courses or training sessions usually consist of a presentation or demonstration by several individuals, but the logistics of assessing participation is often difficult, so it’s usually avoided. E-learning platforms that offer certificates of completion allow a user to see whether or not they actually understood the material they were taught. 

6. Employees are More Engaged

E-learning allows employees to take control over how and what they learn, and this is more successful if an employee has a vested interest in developing a certain skill. One of the best parts of e-learning is that because the learning takes place online, users can always go back and review what they were taught no matter how much time has passed since they last took the course. Documents, assignments, and other digital resources associated with the course can be saved so that users can come back to them at a later date. 

7. E-learning Gives Your Employees Autonomy

If you own a company in which employees can choose how they want to enhance themself professionally, then e-learning should have a place in your company. Skillshare, Udemy, and LinkedIn Learning all offer a slew of courses both specialized and generalized. Depending on your industry, employees can choose specific skills that they want to work on and enhance that skill through e-learning. By fostering a workforce where employees are encouraged to continuously learn about the skills they want, you can build a diverse team that is geared for success.

8. Employees will be Happier

Time is a valuable asset to both employees and business owners. Because eLearning significantly decreases as the amount of time that is typically wasted when compared to traditional training seminars or courses, this leaves more time for productivity so that employers can finish their duties sooner than they normally would have. This level of intentionality when it comes to an employee’s time can leave many employees feeling more productive and valued. Not only that, but the level of intentional, often creative and meaningful engagement that happens during e-learning courses can offer a sense of accomplishment leaving many employees to feel that their time was actually well spent. 

Final Thoughts On Using e-Learning With Your Employees

Diving into e-learning does not have to be a scary plunge. Many platforms offer free trials that will allow you to get a sense of whether or not the model offered would benefit your employees or not. And with all the different types of e-learning platforms to choose from, your company will certainly find one that will mesh well with your employees. 

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